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Water Pump

Sunday 18 August 2019

Your cooling system is very important. It circulates coolant through the radiator and your engine to protect your vehicle from overheating. There are five main components to the cooling system: the radiator the radiator cap the hoses the thermostat the water pump The water pump's like the heart of your cooling system, circulating the fluid throughout your vehicle. It's a small pump that's driven by the engine; usually by belt, but sometimes by a chain or gear.The water pump only operates... read more

Hey TULSA Drivers: How Do You Save Gas?

Sunday 11 August 2019

Higher TULSA fuel prices aren't going away any time soon. That's not good news for our wallets. A lot of TULSA drivers are trying to find ways to cut down on fuel consumption and hang on to some of their hard-earned money.North Americans drive billions of miles less during months of high fuel prices. That's right, billions. Of course OK vehicle owners can't stop driving altogether, so we still need to find other ways to cut fuel bills.Preventive maintenance at Cartec Aut... read more

Wheel Balancing at Cartec Automotive Service

Sunday 04 August 2019

So you love your job, and your family life is great. Congratulations! You have achieved balance. But can you say the same for your wheels? TULSA drivers can tell if their tires are out of balance by vibrations at higher speeds on OK roads. If one of the front tires is out, you feel the vibration in the steering wheel. If it's a back tire, you'll feel the vibration in your seat.Tires and wheels are pretty heavy. When a tire is mounted on a wheel at Cartec Automotive Service, it is usually not per... read more

Fuel Injection Basics for TULSA

Sunday 28 July 2019

All modern TULSA vehicles come with fuel injection systems, so it's a topic TULSA drivers need to know something about. The mighty fuel injector is a valve that delivers the gas or diesel fuel to the right place, in the right amount at the right timeto be mixed with air and burned in the engine.So how many fuel injectors does your vehicle have? There's one for each cylinder. So four, six or eight for most folks in TULSA, OK. Some vehicles have 10 or 12 cylinders. The... read more

Should TULSA Soccer Moms Follow the Severe Service Schedule?

Sunday 21 July 2019

So you take your vehicle in for maintenance and the pro at Cartec Automotive Service tells you that you ought to change your oil more often. What? You followed the maintenance schedule – but you take a second look at that “severe service” schedule and see some of the following: 1. Most of your trips around TULSA are less than four miles/six and a half kilometers.2. Most of your trips are less than 10 miles/16 km when outside OK temperatures are below... read more

TPMS: Tire Pressure Monitoring for Your TULSA Vehicle

Sunday 14 July 2019

TULSA drivers may know that all 2008 model year and newer cars, mini-vans and light trucks in OK come with a tire pressure monitoring system. Many slightly older vehicles around the TULSA area have these systems as well. A tire pressure monitoring system – called TPMS – consists of sensors on each wheel that measure tire pressure.If tire pressure drops 25 percent below the vehicle manufacture’s recommended pressure, the sensor sends a signal to a moni... read more

Emergency Items for Your vehicle

Sunday 07 July 2019

Local TULSA roadside emergencies can range from a flat tire downtown to being stranded in a snowy ravine for three days. So you may want to consider a basic emergency kit to keep in the car at all times and a travel kit tailored to a specific trip.Your close-to-home kit for around TULSA would have some basic items to work on your car: everything you need to change a tire, gloves, a couple quarts of oil, some antifreeze and water. A can of tire inflator is a great temporary fix for minor flats. Y... read more

When Metal Meets Metal (Wheel Bearings)

Sunday 30 June 2019

What part of your vehicle has little metal balls inside that are lubricated and allow you to cruise on down the road?  They are wheel bearings, and automotive designers might argue they are human beings' second greatest invention of all time (the first is, of course, the wheel!). You have a wheel bearing at each wheel.  They allow your wheels to turn freely, minimizing friction that would ordinarily slow you down when metal meets metal.  When one of your wheel bearings starts to g... read more

Tacky or Techie? The Tachometer.

Sunday 23 June 2019

There's a gauge that many vehicles have that says RPM on it.  And there are a lot of people who either don't pay any attention to it or don't even know what it is. Here's why it's a good gauge to know about. It's called a tachometer, and that "RPM" label means it is measuring how many revolutions per minute (RPM) the engine is turning.  Automotive experts know that a vehicle's engine can be damaged if it turns too fast (revving too high) or too slowly ("lugging" the engine). A tachomet... read more

Time Out: Suspension Problems in TULSA

Sunday 16 June 2019

Your vehicle's suspension system has two jobs: to prevent the passengers from getting tossed around inside the vehicle every time it hits a bump in the road and to keep the tires firmly planted on the road around every corner and over every bump.To see your suspension system, you'll have to look under your vehicle. Anything that connects the wheels to the vehicle's frame is part of the suspension system. They're heavy-duty parts that work hard while you're driving and... read more

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